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Horror In The Flesh

Discussion in 'Television & Web Series' started by Strawberry, Dec 14, 2012.

  1. Strawberry

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  2. actionavenue

    actionavenue Artist, Cartoonist and Dude

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    Thanks for the info, Strawberry. I will look forward to viewing it as I am a huge fan of The Walking Dead and of other quality sci-fi and horror (especially zombie) movies and shows. Since it's a British production, In The Flesh will hopefully be streamed through Netflix, unless one of our US cable networks pick it up for the interested viewing public.
     
  3. Kevin

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    Looks interesting. Any word on if they are going for a straight drama or will be having a bit of humor in it? I don't recall too many pure drama UK zombie works.
     
  4. Kevin

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    Our best bet would be BBC America picking it up but I haven't heard anything yet.
     
  5. Theblackdalek

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    Slow or fast zombies?
     
  6. Strawberry

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    That's the big question isn't it?

    Hopefully slow. I think zombies should always be shamblers.
     
  7. Theblackdalek

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    Slow are slightly more terrifying just because they are always coming!

    Just like in the Walking Dead when michonne remarks that they will always catch up

    :eek:
     
  8. Tim

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    After reading what's on DigitalSpy I can feel a deep down aversion to the series already.
     
  9. Azhria Lilu

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    New 3 part series starts on BBC3 at 10pm in the UK tonight is set in the fictional village of Roarton in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse, In The Flesh follows the story of medically reformed "rotter", Kieren Walker, and his reintegration into a family that had lost him to suicide, and a local community of xenophobic curtain twitchers. Deadly serious in its execution, the show unfolds in the style of a conventional domestic drama.


    Not quite sure how I feel about this one, since the writer has said it was initially written about a mentally ill boy who has been rehabilitated but then he changed it to zombies so he could "discuss themes in a looser way."
     
  10. Kevin

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    Looks interesting. Not the usual action/horror themes of zombie movies.

     
  11. Azhria Lilu

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    Will let you know once I've watched it!
     
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    I am looking forward to this replacement for Being Human. I never quite got past BH's change from dark comedy to USian (Buffy Vampire Slayer style) uber-convoluted plotting.
     
  13. Kevin

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    Anybody in the UK crew watch this? First thoughts on whether we should be on the lookout for it when it airs over here?
     
  14. Mirelly

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    I've enjoyed the first two episodes.

    It's a rather bleak/black comedy. I say "comedy" because there is a definite underlying sense of humour in the script, (Partially Deceased Syndrome for example). In that sense it has been light on zombies and more concerned with the problems of a society, in fear and loathing of "rotters", who face having to deal with dead relatives being released from the "treatment centres". This early in the series, it is too soon to say, but some very intriguing back stories are beginning to emerge, and some of the one-dimensional characters are gaining depth and colour. There appears to be plenty of scope for building the story into as large a franchise as Being Human was.


    [eta] ... forgot to mention ... the first untreated zombies emerge in ep 2 and they are definitely the slow sort, amenable to cricket-batting and being vinyl LP frisby targets ... can you tell I'm a Shaun of Dead Fan? :p
     
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    I haven't watched ep2 yet.. will watch it tonight or tomorrow.. but first epside was a little slow, but interesting.

    There's only three episodes in the entire series, so they need to get moving :D
     
  16. Kevin

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    Were only three planned? The UK system of doing TV shows seems to be similar to what in the US we would call a "mini-series" and not a full TV season. Typically a full US season will run 15-23 episodes with a new episode airing every week until the end of the season, then a gap of time, then a new season starts. Years ago it used to coincide with the seasons (hence the naming conventions :P) in that there would hardly be anything but repeats aired during the Summer and then new episodes start airing in the Fall through Spring. Now, though, with the plethora of cable stations, each network has come to redefine what their seasons are. A mini-series, by contrast, are designed to be one-time events with only an X number of episodes that would ever be filmed & aired.

    The upcoming Doctor Who season, for example, is only 8 episodes. For the US market that'd be considered a mini-series but with the UK it is a considered a "series" that will air, wait some time, then someday another series may or may not air. A few years back Patrick Stewart did the Eleventh Hour as a UK "series" and, of course, after I started watching it there were only four episodes ever done. No conclusion to the characters, no big origins story line, just four episodes. :banghead:
     
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    Yes, it's a 3 part mini series.. whether it's being done that way as a taster or not, I don't know :)
     
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    I watched the first episode, and we have the second ready to watch...so far its not that great and its touch and go if i'll bother watching the third..lol
     
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    Ah yes. I'm a Brit. The Beeb struggles to find the cash to make USian length series ... after all the largest, richest, market is the USA and the average USian is not known for a willingness to devote more than 5% of their attention to a TV programme, which means that cerebral programming in a foreign language (Britlish) is not exactly marketable. If -- big IF -- In The Flesh garners enough audience appreciation I am sure that, like Being Human, it will return to develop the themes sketched out in the (mini) series scene-setter.

    In the Flesh (like Being Human) differs from USian SF/Fantasy offerings in that deals with gritty real-world characterisations and -- moreover -- departs from the USian TV standard in that it is unafraid to reveal, up front, some details which give a level of back-story/believability to the basic premise of the story.
     
  20. Kevin

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    Should be I taking offense at this? :cautious:

    On a serious note :D, I think you'd be surprised by how many "USian" viewers there are that actually do watch & enjoy imported UK shows.



    (Related conversation: Thoughts on UK shows being remade for the US market)
     

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